Just a couple of weeks into the New Year and most of those dieting resolutions are already falling by the wayside. Perhaps that makes this the perfect time to think more holistically about health and not just making numbers on the scale drop a few notches.
“‘Diet’ has become a dirty word, but it wasn’t always that way. A diet is, very simply, the way a person habitually eats,” began Justin Isaacs, NC, CPT, CES, board certified holistic nutritionist and co-owner of Always in Motion, a mobile wellness company in Huntington Beach, Calif. “Dieting, on the other hand, is more often associated with a lack of eating–that is, restriction, deprivation, starvation, and other misguided techniques that set us up for failure.”
“Eating, and living, holistically could not be more different from dieting,” he continued. “Holistic nutrition practices encourage eating high-quality, health-supporting foods that have undergone minimal processing and are as close to their natural state as possible. It’s an approach that takes into consideration our complexity, placing a large emphasis on the psychological and emotional aspects of making decisions about food and eating.”
“We are more than just numbers on a scale,” he continued, “and our weight depends on more than just the antiquated concept of ‘calories in’ versus ‘calories out.’ It goes without saying that our weight, and our health, depends on how we exercise and how we eat, but there is so much more to it. Our stress levels, our genetics, our exposure to environmental pollutants, toxic chemicals, and any harmful ingredients in toiletries, cosmetics and household products all affect our weight and well-being
I call it the “5 ingredient rule”. If a package has more than 5 ingredients, it’s not as good for you as a package with 5 or less ingredients. Minimally processed foods are what my family eats. In order to eat this way you need to be organized. Make up a menu and then a grocery list. Use the same skills you use to manage things in life like paying bills, making “to do list” for a “work weekend”.